Sponsors: Cariboo Regional District
WHEREAS fighting wildfires is the responsibility of the provincial government;
AND WHEREAS local fire departments and search and rescue teams are critical in fighting large scale wildfires during a declared State of Emergency:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the provincial government to enact any legislative and/or policy changes necessary to ensure that local emergency organizations that are requested to and do assist during a declared State of Emergency receive timely compensation for their time and supplies used assisting the Province in this manner.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has not previously endorsed a resolution requesting that local governments receive “timely compensation” for their time and supplies used to assist during a provincial State of Emergency.
UBCM membership has endorsed multiple resolutions related to funding for first responder supplies and equipment, including 2017-B61, 2017-B86, 2016-B56, 2014-B15, 2012-B10, 2010-B6, and 2000-B15. In response to endorsed resolution 2017-B61, requesting a grant program for emergency vehicles and equipment, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General listed several initiatives (e.g. Gas Tax, Investing in Canada Plan) that it would like to see eventually include funding streams for emergency equipment/preparedness.
The Committee would also note that UBCM is now administering the new $32 million Community Emergency Preparedness Fund. This new funding program includes a funding stream that focuses on building capacity for Emergency Social Services teams through new equipment, training and volunteer recruitment/retention.
The Resolutions Committee would request clarification from the sponsor regarding what constitutes “timely compensation.”